Republicans are slamming the Supreme Court for upholding ObamaCare subsidies, questioning the logic that Chief Justice John Roberts and the majority used to spare the healthcare law from a devastating defeat.
“They deserve an Olympic medal for the legal gymnastics,” Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, told The Hill.
With the Roberts court ruling in favor of ObamaCare for the second time in three years, some Republicans reacted with anger to the decision, echoing the blistering dissent of Justice Antonin Scalia.
The ruling is “an out-of-control act of judicial tyranny,” said presidential hopeful and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
It "turns both the rule of law and common sense on its head,” added Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulRand Paul to teach a course on dystopias in George Washington University Destructive 'fat cat' tax law a complete flop. It's time to repeal it. Trump must take action in Macedonia to fix damage done by Obama and Clinton MORE (R-Ky.), also a presidential candidate.
The court has "vested legislative powers to the executive branch — seriously undermining our Constitution and transforming us further into a nation governed by the rule of rulers," said Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).
Republican lawmakers vowed to keep fighting to repeal ObamaCare and said the battle against the law is far from over.
"Today the Supreme Court failed to recognize how terribly flawed President Obama's health care law is for millions of Georgians suffering under the law’s health insurance premium spikes and intrusive mandates,” said Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonDem senator blasts VA for outsourcing veterans suicide line Trump signs executive order creating new VA office Overnight Defense: Commander calls North Korea crisis 'worst' he's seen | Trump signs VA order | Dems push Trump to fill national security posts MORE (R-Ga.). “Despite this action by the Supreme Court I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
Rep. Randy WeberRandy WeberThe Hill's Whip List: 21 GOP no votes on new ObamaCare replacement bill Ryan transfers record M to House GOP's campaign arm in March Freedom Caucus poised for pivotal role in infrastructure fight MORE (R-Texas) linked the ruling to what he sees as broader lawlessness from Obama.
“The Supreme Court’s decision today further reinforces the fact that in President Obama’s America, the law no longer matters,” he said. “The fight is not over. I will continue working to dismantle the President’s takeover of healthcare.”
Sen. John BarrassoJohn BarrassoTrump shouldn’t cater to a tech industry that hates him Poll: Sanders most popular senator in the US The animal advocate MORE (R-Wyo.) said the court battles could continue in other cases, as well.
“We’ll take every action possible in Congress, in the courts, and in statehouses across our country to stop this unworkable and unaffordable law from hurting more Americans,” he said.